Project 824


Economic Development Authority of the City of Norfolk


Project 824 (824 N. Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA 23502)


197, 415 square feet

Completion Date:


Project Description

WPA provided comprehensive design services for the adaptive reuse of the JC Penney anchor store at Military Circle Mall. Understanding that malls around the country are coming to the end of their life-cycle, the City proactively sought a new use for this valuable piece of real estate. Military Circle sits on the highest ground in the City, and as such, is considered to be the future of Transit-Oriented Development that will coalesce around an expanded medical center.

WPA worked with a tight budget and an accelerated schedule in order to program and plan a tenant build-out for 800 employees. The team devised solutions to upgrade the building in an economical way, improving upon energy-code requirements in this 47-year-old building. WPA assisted in lease negotiations by providing quick space plans and schematic design renderings.

Through a highly collaborative process and good communication in weekly OAC meetings, WPA was able to move the 197,415 SF project from concept to nearing construction completion in 11 months. Integral to our team was a roof and building envelope consultant, who advised us on the best ways to detail the new skin, openings, and roof. We coordinated daily with Movement Mortgage’s Interior Design team to ensure that all power, data, security, and A/V requirements were thoroughly coordinated with furniture placement. The team worked through pricing and value engineering with the Design-Build Contractor on multiple schemes and options.

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